As I said in the past, I really love getting my slow fashion items secondhand. Not only does that make them more affordable but since slow fashion items are meant to last, this means the items have a gently worn in feeling that I love. In this case, this linen Petra crop from Elizabeth Suzann has some slight fading on the edges, which makes it look like a well taken care of and loved garment. It gives the item character!
I purchased this on selltradees on Instagram, and it was the first time using this platform for buying Elizabeth Suzann. It was such an easy process that I would definitely do it again. The only drawback is that it's a lottery system so there are no guarantees. But if you do get chosen, it's an easy Paypal transaction and you can find items quite reasonably priced. To be honest, if I hadn't seen this on selltradees I probably wouldn't have purchased this because I'm not really into crop tops. But when I saw it, I thought why not just enter my name (actually most people enter their zip code to get their name into the drawing) and see how it goes. But now that I have so many high waisted items from ES (the 2 clyde pants and the clyde skirt), I find that this Petra crop is the perfect pairing item!
I got the Petra crop in a size small and it's the perfect fit (I'm usually a size 4 on top with a 36 bust). The arm holes and neck hole are the perfect size and I love that my bra straps don't peek out anywhere. This top reminds me of a cropped muscle tank, which is perfect for the summer (yay to no farmer tan lines). Also I know I've said in the past I like tops that hide my chicken wings (my flabby triceps), but I've decided to stop caring about it and just embrace them. You know, they're my arms, they're strong and serve me well. So what if they're not model skinny? They never really were and they for sure will never be, so it's time to stop caring and hiding them.
The Petra really is quite cropped (about 16" from shoulder to bottom hem) so it works best with high-waisted bottoms. Even my Everlane chinos are a bit too mid-waisted to work with this top (unless you want to show some belly but I'm guessing most of us here are probably a bit too mature for that). But if you're looking for a well-made but simple crop top to last you through the ages then I don't think you can go wrong with this Petra crop!